Category Archives: Where in the World

Out There: News

It occurred to me that I forgot to mention some exciting news from the last couple of months.  When we first looked around Staunton, our new home town, we visited a great gallery that is the Shenandoah Valley’s largest cooperative gallery.  Co Art Gallery has been around for over 20 years and has many of the area’s most well known and loved artists as it’s members.  In my mind, I set it as a goal to be part of this wonderful space if we should settle in Staunton.

It had been on my TO DO list since moving in September to find out about applying to the gallery but I was more involved in new house adventures and it didn’t happen.  One day in late January, I looked at my TO DO list and, ignoring all the other things on the list, focused on the gallery and thought, “OK, just do this.”   I called the gallery, found I needed to drive down and get an application, so did that immediately.  I spent the afternoon , completing the application, updating my CV, and deciding what pieces to include for the standards committee to review.  The next morning I took it all down and left it at the gallery.  And then waited.  In a week or so, I was told that I had been accepted!  Woo Hoo!!  I was and still am so honored to be part of this wonderful group of artists.

March was my first month at the gallery, so I spent the rest of February deciding what to hang in my space and preparing those pieces.  Each artist is assigned a space that is approximately 5 or 6 feet wide and you can put whatever you choose in your space.  Every three months the whole gallery shifts around.  We change spaces and change art work to keep it all fresh and interesting.  I’m currently preparing new work for the next big shift on May 5. There are also bins for loose prints  as well as shelves for note cards.  I’ve placed some of my Inner Aperture Fine Art cards on the shelves and will be adding just a few prints to the bins this week.

Each day, a different artist, or two, is at the gallery as a  docent to assist people coming in to the gallery, located on the main street of downtown Staunton in one of the many architecturally fascinating buildings.   After serving as docent a few times, it’s been quite interesting to meet other artists whose work is in the gallery as well as the people who come in to see the work.

My display on the day I set it up in early March.

Close view of the pieces I hung.

Just last week, 3 of my pieces sold.  The first one, The View from Shore 10, I replaced with Flow. Flow sold the next day. and Calm Waters replaced that.  I few days later, Between the Mountains and the Sea sold and I replaced it with Golden Aspens 1.

It was a good week!  I’m happy that the work is speaking to people.

Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Some more Yellowstone flowers today.  Last week I shared some Yellowstone flowers that are thriving in difficult spots.   This collection is just a random collection of  flowers that we encountered during the week we spent in Yellowstone  and Grand Teton National Parks.  As it was early June, there weren’t yet meadows filled with flowers but rather spots of flowers appearing here and there.

As I mentioned last weekI mistakenly thought I could identify all these flowers through the internet when i returned home.   I’ve identified those that I could in the captions.  If you know what any of the unidentified ones are,  let me know in the comments.

Next week’s post with share images where I played with my favorite technique of swooshing the camera to create some impressionistic images in Yellowstone.

Be sure to click onto the images which will open the gallery and bring them up larger. 

Thriving in difficult spots: Flowers of Yellowstone 1

We usually think of flowers in lush gardens that overflow with an abundance of blooms.  Sparse, barren soil does not usually bring to mind thriving plant life. While some areas in Yellowstone National Park did present that sense of lush abundance, more often, at the time we were there in early June, that was not the case.  I was struck by the presence of blooms in quite harsh environments, appearing to be thriving.  They were such a stark contrast to the surrounding ground.

I’m sorry that I did not pick up a book or pamphlet that identified the flowers in the park.  I, mistakenly, thought that I would be able to Google them when I was home but that has proved difficult at best.

The main message, though, that I took away was these flowers’ abilities to thrive in seemingly difficult spots.  

Next week, I’ll share some more of the flowers that were in bloom in early June.

Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Fine art photography of flowers in Yellowstone National Park.

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Patterns of Yellowstone – More Water

Did you see the water patterns last week?  I told you I couldn’t choose, so here are some more for you to enjoy.

The water flowing out of the hot springs often causes elaborate and unique patterns in the rock and sand as in the first four images.  Some of the colors result from the minerals and thermophiles in the water and others are reflections from the sky.

Strong sunlight striking a mountain stream created the abstract patterns in the final four images. When you first look at the stream, it’s easy to overlook how many colors are actually there.

Do you have a favorite from this group?  Which one? and why?

Wildlife abounds in all forms in Yellowstone.  I’ll share some of those images next time.

Patterns of Yellowstone – Water

My favorite patterns in Yellowstone were those made by water.  In the last couple of posts, I’ve shared images of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, both panoramic images of the grand scenes as well as images of patterns created by the trees of those parks.

I am a water person.  Everything about water fascinates me and being near water connects with something deep in my soul.  Water is found in all forms in the parks from the snow and glaciers that cover the high peaks, to the rushing streams and waterfalls, to the steam rising from the hot springs.

Those hot springs provided some of the most interesting colors and patterns.  Some of the colors were present due to the minerals in the water, others were evidence of thermophiles that thrive in hot environments.   Whatever the source, I was fascinated with the gorgeous colors and patterns I saw.

I had a hard time choosing just a few water patterns, so next time I’ll share a few more.

Can you choose a favorite?

Patterns of Yellowstone – Trees

Patterns and textures are my favorite subjects to photograph. While I can capture the grand scenes, like the panoramics I showed last week, I am much more drawn to those things that are not so obvious.  When you look past the grand scenes, you begin to see details, patterns, and textures that have a  beauty that often goes unnoticed.

Of the almost 3000 images we brought home from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, probably  2/3 of them were of patterns and textures.   Once while concentrating on a particularly intriguing pattern, another park visitor watched me for a while and then asked me, “What do you see?”  When I explained that I was seeing patterns he still seemed unsure of what that meant.

Often, we have to look closer, past the grand scenes, to see the details and patterns within those scenes.  There’s so often many more layers of beauty that are easily missed.

I’ve organized my Yellowstone pattern images in to different groups that I’ll share over the course of the next few weeks.  Today’s patterns are just some of those created by the trees of Yellowstone.  In 1988, fires ravaged 36% of the park and the effects on the forest are still extremely evident 28 years later and create some quite interesting patterns.  Lodepole Pines are the most common tree in the park and often the only kind you can see for miles.  The geyser basins and hot springs have their own very unique effects on the surrounding trees.  The images here are just a sampling of the many tree patterns to be seen in Yellowstone.

Make sure to click on to the images in the gallery so that you can see them larger and read the captions. 

 

Water patterns were some of my favorite captures in Yellowstone.  Watch for those next time. 

 

Where in the world? Yellowstone

For the past five months, it’s been a bit like being part of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”    We’ve been on the road a great deal, at least five different travel destinations in that time with the shortest trip being a week. One of the many good things about that is that I have lots of images to share. 🙂

Our most recent trip was truly 20 years in the making.  We have been talking of going to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) for at least 20 years.  One thing or another always took precedence until we decided not to put it off any longer.  Despite it’s slightly lesser known status but due to it’s proximity to Yellowstone (due south 7 miles) we also added Grand Teton National Park to the itinerary.  We were there a week and felt like we only scratched the surface of these incredible places.  The word “amazing” was uttered hundreds of times throughout the week.

Breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife in their natural habitat, the largest geyser field in the world, wildflowers galore, endless patterns and textures, water in all it’s forms, and much more ensured that my cameras were in constant use.

Almost 3000 images were captured and I’ve only begun to process them.   My favorite subjects to photograph are the details and the patterns and textures that often go unnoticed inside the larger scenes of life which present themselves to us, especially in places such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  Most of what I captured does fall in to that category of the often unnoticed.  But I could not deny the grandeur and majesty of these places and it seemed best to capture that in panoramic images (though, even these fall short of reality).

Unlike the panoramic photos that your phone may take, each of these images is a composite of from 2 to 8 different images merged in Photoshop to create one very large and wide scene, somewhat closer to how we see it with our eyes.  The wider panoramics have used the largest number of images to create them.  A blog is not really the best format to show panoramics, for instance the first image, a scene from the Lamar Valley in the NE part of YNP, is actually 36″ wide.   (Click on the images in the gallery to see them larger.)

This was the perfect place to play with creating panoramic images.  Every turn offered spectacular vistas.  However,  most of what I focused on were the details – the colors, the patterns, the textures.  I’ll share some of those, as well as details from other travels, over the next few weeks.  

Have you done anything recently that’s been on your list for a long time?